Million-dollar SLs top Artcurial’s Mercedes-Benz France auction

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1934 Nurburg 500 sport tourenwagen among top sellers at all-Mercedes auction | Artcurial Motorcars photo by Peter Singhof

Led by a pair of million-dollar 300 SLs, Artcurial Motorcar’s auction held in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz France posted an 80 percent sell-through rate with total sales of $10.33 million.

Nearly 60 cars were offered, representing the 130 years of the German automaker’s production. Among those vehicles were 20 from the French distributor’s collection.

“Mercedes-Benz has always built cars that make collectors dream,” Artcurial Motorcars’ managing director Matthieu Lamoure said in a news release.

“Following our sale of the Rolf Meyer collection in 2003, the success of the Mercedes-Benz France collection illustrates the growing enthusiast interest in a marque that stands apart for its technical and aesthetic innovations.”

300 SL roadster tops all sellers | Artcurial Motorcars photo by Dirk de Jaguar

Auctioneer Herve Poulain noted during the sale that he had brought the hammer down on 700 Mercedes-Benz cars during his career.

Joining that list were those selling Sunday in Paris, led by a pair of 1963 300 SLs, a roadster going for $1.67 million and a coupe with its iconic gullwing doors for $1.33 million (prices include buyer’s fees). Both cars were purchased by bidders who reside outside Europe.

Artcurial noted that many of the cars sold for more than their pre-sale estimated values, including a 1934 380 K sports roadster that brought $661,060 and a 1988 500 SL that went for $108,324.

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Top 5 sales, Artcurial/Mercedes-Benz France 2017

  1. 1961 300 SL roadster, $1,670,880
  2. 1961 300SL gullwing coupe, $1,333,400
  3. 2009 McLaren SLR 722 S roadster, $970,550
  4. 1934 Nurburg 500 sport tourenwagen, $801,692
  5. 1938 320 Cabriolet A, $689,238
  6. 1934 380 K sport roadster, $657,950
  7. 1955 300 S cabriolet, $433,959
  8. 1961 300 D cabriolet, $377,938
  9. 2015 SL 63 AMG Hamilton edition, $322,034
  10. 2014 SLS GT roadster, $307,940

(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

Artcurial Motorcars’ next sale — Automobiles sur les Champs-Elysees II — is scheduled for November 5 in Paris.

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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